Ian Leach > BLM > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Insurance litigation.


Ian heads up the firm’s Edinburgh office and has over  30 years experience of civil litigation. He acts for insurers , corporate clients , and public bodies  in complex and high-value actions including motor, employers liability and public liability cases. He successfully acted for the defenders in the following  recent cases –
Susan Hughes v Fife Council and Another 2019 CSOH 19/3/19

Jacqueline Edwards v Fife Council and Another 2019 CSOH 19/3/19
Danielle Weddle v Glasgow City Council 2019 SC EDIN 42
He is a member of the firm’s executive board .


Qualified 1983; partner HBM Sayers 2001; partner BLM 2014 to date, following merger with HBM Sayers; solicitor advocate since 2003. Former tutor in civil advocacy Edinburgh University.


SSC, Solicitor Advocate.


Jordanhill College School, Glasgow; Dundee University  LLB and  Diploma in Legal Practice


Reading, music, outdoor sports.

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Insurance > Personal injury: defender

BLM added four new solicitors to the team during 2018, consolidating its market-leading position in personal injury. The practice handles the defence of complex public liability and employers’ liability claims, road traffic accidents and fatal claims, including cross-border matters and class actions. The team includes Gillian Rushbury, the head of the firm’s solicitor advocacy unit in Scotland, and Ian Leach, who is working with associate Catriona MacLean on claims arising from the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy. The team’s partners regularly give advice during government consultations on topics such as legal costs.

London > Insurance > Product liability: defendant

BLM fields a strong team of dedicated practitioners, who are regularly instructed by insurers, manufacturers and corporate clients. The firm also has a specialist food group, which assists with related claims and consultations. Jim Sherwood heads the practice and is a key contact for fire and flood damage and commercial property claims, as well as regulatory issues. Edinburgh-based Ian Leach has been active in the field for more than 30 years and has a particular focus on pharmaceutical disputes. Michael Harvey and Carys Oatham are also noted.